LAUPAHOEHOE, Hawaii – During Tuesday’s Common Ground discussion in Laupahoehoe on Mauna Kea and the Thirty Meter Telescope, the audience had some questions about decommissioning existing telescopes on the mountain. Office of Mauna Kea Management director Stephanie Nagata was on hand to answer.
Governor David Ige recently asked the university to begin taking down as many telescopes as possible with at least 25 percent of all telescopes gone by the time TMT is ready for operation. The University responded by saying they will present an implementation plan for the request by the end of 2015.
Nagata said the telescope owner / operators are responsible for the cost of decommission their own facilities, which will each cost in the millions and take years to carry out.